Most Anticipated Games of 2010 – Mark

We haven’t even crowned our 2009 Game of the Year yet, but here I am talking about next year’s games already! I still dread how front-loaded 2010 is going to be for gaming so maybe this should really be my most anticipated for the first 6 months? Heck, we don’t even know everything that will be getting released later in the year. I’m not limiting it to any arbitrary number or even limiting it to just games on PlayStation systems, this is just what I can’t wait for in 2010. Clink the link for the list.

Here they are in no particular order…

Bayonetta (PS3/360)
My favorite game of E3 ’09 and I was all set to crown it GotY2009 until it was delayed until next year. Most of you are well aware of the shoddy PS3 port controversy. Sad to say, I’ll be buying it day 1 on 360 and probably renting it for PS3 to compare.

Super Street Fighter 4 (PS3/360)
Never thought an incremental update to the Street Fighter franchise would get me so excited, but after what SF4 did to me, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Let’s just hope all the additions and tweaks don’t completely break the game.

3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
FROM Software already stole our hearts (and souls) with Demon’s Souls, so I cannot wait to play their next PS3 outing. Martin’s already been singing it’s praises and you gotta love the pixel block graphics and Zelda-esque gameplay.

Yakuza 3 (PS3)
OK, so maybe I never finished the first two, but I did play a few hours of the first one. I’m excited for this game none the less, maybe in part because I never thought we’d see it in English. It’s the game I always wanted Shenmue to be, just wish it was coming out later than March so i can get through the first 2 before it hits.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP)
I love Phantasy Star. I loved Phantasy Star Portable 1. I loved how it fixed Phantasy Star Universe’s flaws. I even liked a lot of what Phantasy Star Zero did on DS. The development teams have joined forces to create the ultimate portable Phantasy Star experience and I couldn’t be happier.

Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP)

Thanks to listener Nabeshin186’s challenge, I’ve rescued Valkyria Chronicles from the bottomless depths of my backlog and have been enjoying the hell out of it. While I’m ecstatic we’re getting a sequel, I can’t help but wish it hadn’t bombed on PS3 so we’d be getting an equally gorgeous console outing. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers and I think I may enjoy playing it slightly more on a portable anyway.

Mass Effect 2 (PC/360)

Another one I didn’t play until recently, Mass Effect has quickly become one of my favorite BioWare games and caused me to shelve Dragon Age for a bit. It’s flawed, but it appears the sequel will be fixing what needs fixing and delivering an incredible Sci-Fi RPG experience.

Alan Wake (360)
Yeah, we make fun of this one by referring to it as Alan Hill (as in Silent Hill, get it?), but that’s the reason I’m pretty excited for it. Aside from Siren: Blood Curse on PS3, I’ve been sorely disappointed with horror games this gen and the initial previews seem to have that blend of psychological horror and monsters that made Silent Hill 2 such a fantastic game. Let’s hope it’s that good!

Cave Story WiiWare (Wii)
Another one that was supposed to be out this year, but seems lost in ambiguous WiiWare-release date limbo. For the unaware, Cave Story was a freeware PC game coded by one extremely talented man named Pixel. It was action-platforming metroidvania style and incredibly well done. It’s been picked up for release on WiiWare with upgraded sprites created by Pixel himself and remixed music. Definitely not to be missed.

Shiren the Wanderer (Wii)

Shiren who? Sega released the first game in the Shiren series last year on DS where it tanked hard and it just so happened to be my favorite game of 2008. It’s incredibly surprising to see Atlus taking a chance on localizing Shiren 3 on the Wii. The gameplay is roguelike, which essentially means it’s an RPG but everything is randomized (like dungeon layouts, item properties, etc.) and when you die you start completely over at level 1. It’s way more fun than it sounds.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (Wii)
Another Capcom fighter? Of course! I’ve had the Japanese import of it for a year now so I already know it’s an awesome entry in the Capcom Vs. series. Really looking forward to the additional characters and online play.

Mega Man 10 (PSN/XBLA/WiiWare)
I LOVE classic Mega Man. I even bought all three versions of Mega Man 9 in some twisted sense of support for the game. Won’t be doing the same for 10, but rest assured I nearly pooped myself when I saw the announcement. Sheep Man FTW!!!

Sakura Wars (PS2/Wii)
I’ve been playing the preview so I already know this one is gonna be good! A fantastic swan song to the PS2’s massive RPG offerings and definitely one that should not be overlooked in the already crowded month of March. Not to mention it’s a long running Japanese Sega franchise, so why wouldn’t I want it? 😉

And the rest…
You probably noticed some glaring omissions like say… God of War III, White Knight Chronicles or FFXIII. It’s not that I’m not excited for them, of course I am! It’s more that I know they’ll either be huge and good so I find it harder to get really pumped for them or I need to play them first to see if I like them. I’m sure closer to release date I’ll be just as excited as everyone else. The games I listed are the ones I personally am looking the most forward to and meticulously studying (or in some cases, consciously avoiding) every preview or trailer I can get my hands on. Dare I say, I’m TorgoHyped™ for them? 😀

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Written by Mark Senger

Glenn’s second co-host on the podcast , Mark graced the airwaves from late 2007 to early 2010.

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